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Campy 10s chain on antique Athena chainrings?

Old 02-02-18, 05:10 PM
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Campy 10s chain on antique Athena chainrings?

I have decided to do a little bit of updating to my restored Carrera-era Battaglin. It currently has ~1988-1990 vintage Athena groupset, friction downtube shifters. It hangs on the wall unused as I am spoiled by modern drivetrains (shoot me). I want to ride it more often. I'd like to do a minimalist brakeshifter update: rear mech, cassette, chain, hub, shifters only, in 10s silver Veloce items (ripping good deals right now - might becoming discontinued?), and clipless. I prefer to keep the vintage crankset, front mech and brake calipers. This way if I want to enter an Eroica event I just swap back to the old Athena rear mech and brake levers and toe clip pedals. I'll still be riding on antique GP4 rims and tubulars, Rolls saddle and Cinelli cockpit, yay.

Now how am I doing on chainring compatibility? I've never used modern Campy, just modern Shimano and Sram. I understand from Sheldon Brown the front shift mechanism is semi-friction/ratcheting on the campy groups? Thus making it more tolerant of different chainring spacings? unlike the very indexed front shifting for Shimano. I prefer to not have to change the crankset, but I will if I must. I've read Sheldon Brown blog, but it is a little vague on such a vast 28 year spread in components.

so, will a modern 10 speed campy chain and shifter work acceptably with my 1990ish Athena chainrings? (and front mech for that matter?) . Maybe I should just try it and see if it is acceptable to me, as I've already ordered the basic parts (not the crankset)

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Old 02-02-18, 06:09 PM
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I am running a 10s chain on a 1990 Chorus Crankset with no issues. Should be exactly the same chain rings as your Athena.
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There are no double or triple chainrings that won't accept any speed chain.
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fantastic. get to keep the vintage look and save a few bucks

but uh hmmm. have to get my legs used to riding 53/42 again instead of 50/34 LOL

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Man, I would leave those excellent components right where they are and learn to love the way the old stuff works. I have Athena like that - great stuff.

But your chain is too long and your brake housing needs ferrules.
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yes you're right on the chain length ferrules detail, albeit kind of cross chained and it does have a 28t

I will def keep these components on hand (or if I am feeling rich some day, order up a C Record group )

(this was my race back in the early 90s, I was running shimano 600 in those days because my C Record bike was stolen and got the Battaglin frame for a bargain, new).
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As the others have said it will work fine. 5-11sp chains are all the same width on the inside....only the outside width, and thus the thickness of the side plates, is different.
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Wow. I would not change a thing on that bike. It is beautiful.
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